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Timeline of British Literature
Transcript of Timeline of British Literature
What came before 449?
The story of a hero. The best example of an Anglo-Saxon, and a superior warrior.
Does that sound familiar? Beowulf conveys the dreams, aspirations, and fears of the Anglo-Saxon people.
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In 55 BC, Julius Caesar Invaded Britain. He did so again (this time staying) in 54 BC. The Roman Empire became an established piece of British History until their departure in AD 407 under Emperor Contantine III.
In AD 63, Joseph of Arimathea made a missionary journey to Glastonbury in England (this would later become part of the Arthurian Legend of the Holy Grail).
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Created for the fortification of the Roman regions of England in AD 122.
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A Celtic shield, pre-Roman?
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Geoffrey Chaucer's account of a group of pilgrims who are on their way to the chapel at Canterbury.
Le Morte d'Arthur
Sir Thomas Mallory adopted the stories of Arthur from the French (Normans). He finished his work at the end of the 1400s.
The Cavalier Poets
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The Restoration &
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
This era was defined by the French language (the language of the Normans) infiltrating Old English and transforming it to Middle English.
Old English was a derivative of languages of the Germanic and Scandanavian invaders mixed with the Roman Latin of the previous era.
Old English is language from the middle of the 5th to the beginning of the 12th century.
Essays on Man
Dictionary of the English Language
Language became closer to what we have today. During this era, the King James Bible was published, a version of the Bible that is still used in churches today.
By Mary Shelley
A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
A Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
by George Orwell
The Normans defeat the Anglo-Saxons to claim ownership of Briton. King Herold (shown with an arrow in his eye) loses the fight to William [later known as 'the conquerer'].
The Morality Play